Tagged: Asimov: Incontinent Zitbrain, Black Mask, Dark Matter, Il Mare, Jet Li, Mifune, MirrorMask, movies, Null-A, Record of a Living Being, Regenesis, Returner, sy-fy, Takeshi Kaneshiro, The Prisoner, Tony
October 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm #18983
When I posted this article originally I didn’t include the author’s byline. I looked for it but didn’t see it off to the side. It wasn’t until I heard Damien talking about it on Sofanauts that I realized he was the author.
But here it is, the late byline for
“Are we now post scifi?”
By Damien G WalterOctober 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm #18984
the english assassin said:
‘Empty spectacle’ – beautifully sums up so much of modern mainstream cinema. Of course it’s kind of unfair just to pin the tail on the SF pony and laugh at it, as cinema as a whole is utterly woeful. Looking back it seems totally beyond me now to think that there was a time when films of quality were regularly being made in Hollywood. While I’m sure that there were many bigger selling films than, let’s say, the Godfather or Taxi Driver or whatever, yet they were still far from being indie flicks existing in the outer margins of the media wub. Far from it. These were mainstream yet intelligent films. I just can not perceive of anything like these being regularly being made again in the US. UK cinema being an even worse offender! World cinema is still, marginally, better, even if it is a little too dominated by Asian techno-horror guff. Or maybe this fad is waning now, I’m totally out of touch…
Not all the Asian sci-fi is techno-horror. Indeed one of my favorites is the Korean Il Mare which was redone with Keanu as Lake House. Some other favorites: Black Mask, Jet Li in almost anything – Tai Qi or Qi Gung is automatically sci-fi material. And then there is Record of a Living Being with Mifune…
From other areas: MirrorMask is intensely interesting. Dark Matter also.
Access to something like Netflix is the only way to get any of the good stuff in my region but, thankfully, the good stuff does exist even if not mainstream.October 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm #18985
Oops I should have mentioned:
Returner (2002) — Ritaanaa
An Asian time travel flick that does a bit of character development and is a cut or two above the rest. Takeshi Kaneshiro stars.October 24, 2009 at 2:21 am #18986
Wow, I thought I was the only person on the planet who saw “Quest Beyond Time”… and that was 20 years ago.
Is there really more SF around now than in the past? the 1970s gave us Star Wars, Alien, the Six Million Dollar Man, Rollerball, Buck Rogers and (the original) Battlestar Galactica. The 1980s served up V, more Star Wars, Aliens, Knight Rider, Neuromancer, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. The 90s fed us a lot of new Star Trek stuff. If there was a Golden Age of SF it was probably before I was born, probably written by Asimov or Clarke or Pournelle.
This whole conversation reminds me of the debates in the 1990s about whether there was such a thing as ‘alternative rock’ anymore. We never really made a decision on that one either.October 24, 2009 at 3:37 am #18987October 24, 2009 at 5:11 am #18988
I’ve not seen the trailer before… awesome.
But none of my favorite scenes made it in — the ones cooking noodles – al dente.
Ah well, the movie is fantastic.
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